A Richland Doctor is facing federal charges for falsely accepting money for opioid addiction trials at his research laboratory.

Sami Anwar, Mid-Columbia Research and Zain Research have received a 47-count federal indictment for conducting fraudulent drug trials.

Anwar and company obtained almost $275,000 in funds for research but falsified documents to federal regulators. Here is more on the story.

They are being charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances and furnishing false information to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The conspiracy, mail and wire fraud charges against Anwar each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or double gross gain or gross loss – whichever is greater.

A federal judge issued a warrant to seize over $175,000 from one of Anwar’s bank accounts believed to be some of the proceeds of the alleged fraud.

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